Our View: When unlikely becomes reality
January 23, 2010
Normally, the Editorial Board is a proponent of keeping local dollars local as often as possible. There are exceptions, however, and those exceptions weren't hard to find Friday.
A local woman had a bake sale in front of City Market, selling the sweet treats she had made during the week.
Her cause mirrored that of several local businesses and residents, and perhaps numerous untold others, who are attempting to do their compassionate part.
The money, as stated above, isn't staying here in Craig or Moffat County.
In fact, it isn't even staying within the United States but rather being shipped to a small country that, given its recent encounter with indescribable destruction, could use as many acts of goodwill as possible right now.
Haitian relief efforts, both locally and nationwide, reinforce that human compassion still is alive and well, Editorial Board members contend.
No matter how cynical or jaded our society can sometimes appear, human beings, when confronted with the dire circumstances of others, will respond with goodness.
Haiti, devastated by an earthquake Jan. 12, is in desperate need of the most basic essentials. Aid has come to the country, but the situation is far from secure.
While these are difficult economic times for many at home and extra money is hard to come by for many, if you can spare a dollar here or there, contribute to the relief efforts in Haiti. A little bit can go a long way to help someone else.
Meanwhile, Craig and Moffat County's impressive track record when it comes to helping others is unquestioned, and its response to another country falls in line with its charitable, humanitarian history.
But although Editorial Board members were warmed by the global awareness paid to Haiti by our small community, they also asked a reasonable question of community members.
That is, are you prepared if disaster strikes here at home?
Do you have basic necessities — food and water, is a good starting place — on hand in case the unspeakable happens to us?
And, on that same line of thinking, if disaster hit a neighboring community close by, are you willing to set aside time out of your busy life to help others nearby in need?
Often times, these questions can be too far-fetched or frightening to think about.
Maybe the odds aren't great that disaster will happen to our community or a neighboring one — let's keep our fingers crossed that unlikelihood stays the case — but it would be wise to at least have essentials in our grasp in case it does.
As evidenced by the situation in Haiti, or Katrina here at home, or many other scenarios that weren't given much thought but became reality for thousands of people, you never know when you're going to need it.